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Top 4 game-changing marketing campaigns of 2023

As the year draws to a close, it’s a perfect opportunity to look back at the extraordinary marketing campaigns that have mesmerized audiences in 2023. We take a moment to give a pat to the exceptional campaigns that have made a lasting impact on consumers in South Africa and across the globe.


Barbie’s marketing strategy, which prominently emphasized the color pink, helped it become one of the most anticipated films of all time in 2023. With only Barbie’s distinctive pink color and the release date visible on one poster, the campaign was hailed as “marketing genius” by many. Additionally, hundreds of brands took part, introducing Barbie fever to untapped markets.

With global sales surpassing $1.4 billion, the film is the best grossing film of the year thus far and smashed box office records for the biggest opening weekend of 2023. It is believed to have brought in £293 million worldwide. The Barbie movie marketing campaign definitely gets a pat.


Another marketing campaign getting a pat from us is Pedro’s “Chicken Wars” commercial. Pedro’s, a recently founded chicken fast-food restaurant, has created an advertisement that has caught the eye of some consumers, depicting the new establishment as a preferred dining alternative when compared to existing market options. This advertising content, which was released a few weeks ago, used a comical approach to challenge competitors such as Nando’s and KFC, two of the country’s most notable participants in the chicken-centric fast-food industry.

The amusing commercial depicts a conference between two large chicken-focused eateries in the country as they band together to strategize against the newcomer, Pedro’s. The advertisement begins with a scene of a reception area at the headquarters of a chicken fast-food restaurant, where the reception desk prominently displays the logo associated with Nando’s, jokingly labeled “Nando’s.” referred to as “Over Priced Chicken Head Office.” While the ad does not overtly mention KFC, it skillfully integrates a font-based allusion to “Greasy Fried Chicken (GFC),” which clearly references KFC.

Bonang Matheba x Steve Madden

In a groundbreaking move, Steve Madden recently launched a captivating marketing campaign in partnership with Bonang Matheba, a highly acclaimed South African reality TV star. As the first-ever African personality to collaborate with the renowned designer shoe brand, Bonang Matheba’s influence and fashion-forward persona were meant to elevate the brand’s new range, the Holiday Select Collection, to new heights.

This decision highlighted the brand’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity, as they recognize the immense talent and influence that individuals from different backgrounds can bring to the table.

The holiday range includes six footwear styles and two handbag styles. The collaboration between Steve Madden and Bonang Matheba was undoubtedly one of the most successful marketing campaigns we witnessed in 2023.

Fatti’s and Moni’s

Fatti’s & Moni’s introduced an exciting campaign aimed at honouring pasta enthusiasts in South Africa. This celebratory initiative involved a range of carefully planned activities and interactions with AmaTaliano’s, who have always embraced Italian cuisine. By organizing these curated engagements, Fatti’s & Moni’s aimed to celebrate the deep-rooted love for pasta among South Africans and highlight the connection between the local community and authentic Italian flavours.

Fatti’s & Moni’s revolutionized the South African culinary scene by introducing pasta to the country, becoming the pioneer brand in this regard. For years, they have been instrumental in empowering Mzansi to explore their creativity in the kitchen and create remarkable pasta dishes.
The success of the campaign saw the Fatti’s & Moni’s marketing team being awarded a Silver Loerie at the 45th Loeries Awards Ceremony for its “Always Eatalian” campaign in the film category for TV and cinema ads under 90 seconds.

The success of these campaigns can be attributed to the meticulous planning, strategic targeting, and seamless execution, which have resulted in a lasting impact that will continue to resonate with consumers for years to come.

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